Anyway, it's just my educated opinion, you're free to draw your own conclusion.
Last edited by L7R; February 6th, 2017 at 18:58.
I forgot about a personal story that I've relayed before in other threads, which is very relevant here. Once, I was using a hammer drill on concrete in my garage. It was the first time I had used that tool, and I was so focused on it and what I was doing that I never gave any thought whatsoever to what watch I was wearing... I experienced a HUGE (YUGE, if you prefer ) amount of vibration from that, which traveled from my hands, all the way up my arms, and it was SEVERE vibration!!
When I was done after about an hour, a sickening thought suddenly struck me -- OMG, was I wearing a WATCH while doing that?? And if so, which one????!! I have many watches other than g-shocks and it could very well have been one of them. I was half afraid to look at my wrist, for fear I would see a mangled mess of what used to be a nice watch.
Thankfully, I had been wearing my GW-3500BB (ana/digi) that day. It came thru it unscathed, none the worse for wear. That reinforced my high regard for gshocks. Now while I would not intentionally wear an expensive g-shock for an activity like that, it is nice to know that if I did, or somehow forgot to take it off first, it is highly likely it would be just fine.
Not tough when it comes to fire...
I can weigh in here. This has been affixed to my tac-go bag for years; before that it was strapped to my wrist through all sorts of hell as a MCMAP instructor. Literally had combat boots and fists hit it all day long - I replaced the strap once. You'll be fine with construction work and Hockey. Enjoy the peace of mind.
Note that the GW3000/3500/4000 series are older generation of ana-digi G's with Linked minute and hour hands. Meaning the two hands move together, rather than independently like many of the newer ana-digi G's. They also do not feature a smart crown, but use only buttons for all operations. Furthermore, they are part of the aviation G series, where they need to pass centrifugal force test, in addition to shock and vibration tests (advertised as "Triple G Resist"). The AWG100/AWGM100 is a lower cost ana-digi G with the same linked hands design, but without Triple G Resist and all the fancies sub-dials. All of these have been proven their reliability in many threads here in the forum, as well as the members' testaments above.
Gulfmaster GWN1000/GWNQ1000 and Mudmaster GWG1000 are not part of aviation G series, so they were not advertised as Triple G Resist. They use independent hands, as well as smart crowns. It is this combination of analog designs that's being questioned, and that we don't yet have enough data to prove their comparable toughness, as well as long term durability. They are also significantly more expensive than the older ana-digi's, hence create more mental concerns for those who are more cost conscious.
Just pointing out the facts.
I agree with GeekMaster. I never had any problems with my analog or ana/digital, but there are far more reported problems with them rather with digital only.
Both might fail, of course, but i kind trust more my digital watch, where there is no moving parts.
Last edited by FJay Iceberg White; February 7th, 2017 at 12:17.
This is now the only G I wear nowadays // I used it on two contract deployments and shot several thousand rounds a day with it on and again trained several contract workers / operators in MCMAP. It also has never failed.
Trust me; I'm far from a G-Shock fanboy (as evidenced by my previous posts), but there is no denying the need for this watch in the field today. I've killed many Suunto's and prefer my Marathon's, but can most assuredly attest that you have little to worry about when wearing one of these. If you want tougher than this, you have only one other choice:
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